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Yemeni officials say explosion near Aden airport kills 8

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Yemeni officials say at least eight people were killed in an explosion that rocked the southern city of Aden

SANAA, Yemen – According to Yemeni officials, at least eight people were killed in an explosion that rocked the southern city of Aden.

Officials say the explosion took place on Saturday afternoon near a security checkpoint outside Aden International Airport. They say at least 11 other people were injured.

The cause of the explosion was not immediately clear, which damaged buildings and an internet café in the neighborhood.

Officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to brief the media.

THIS IS A CURRENT UPDATE. AP’s previous story follows below.

Yemen’s Houthi rebels bombed a residential area on Saturday, killing at least three children from the same family, a government official said. This is the latest Iran-backed Houthi attack to claim civilian lives.

Internationally recognized government information minister Moammar al-Iryani said the Houthis fired a shell at the neighborhood of Camp, on the outskirts of the government-held city of Taiz.

He said at least six other people were injured and posted graphic images showing injured children.

The government-owned SABA news agency reported that the Houthis fired a howitzer that landed in the neighborhood.

There was no immediate comment from the Houthis.

The Saudi-led coalition went to war in March 2015, backed by the United States, in an attempt to bring the government back to power. Despite a relentless air campaign and fighting on the ground, the war largely stalled and created the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

On Thursday, a Houthi ballistic missile struck a residential area in central Marib province, killing at least 11 civilians and injuring 16 others.

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